Completed Projects for March 2021

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I had a plan to work on 6 projects for March 2021. March was National Quilt Month, so I was motivated to not only get some quilts completed, but to do it with my stash.

I participated in a #miniquiltswap on Instagram. This is my Mini Quilt.
On Instagram, I also participated in #quiltcoatalong and I made this Quilt Coat.

I started making blocks for a Mystery Block of the Month Quilt and blocks for a Crazy quilt which will be a wall hanging. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish. More UFO’s.

As for purchasing more fabric, I did it again. On a visit to my parents’ house, I went to a Quilt store, Quilters’ Hollow in Stockton, California. Maybe I can be better next month.

Quilt Projects for March 20201

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March is National Quilting Month, so I decided to try to kick it into high gear. I’m planning on making and completing at least 6 projects this month. I’m participating in a few groups to help get this done. #sewthescrapoutofmarch #nqmscrapchallenge #mysteryblockofthemonth #quiltcoatalong #thesewingloft

  1. Quilt coat from a sweatshirt
  2. Mini Quilt Swap
  3. Crazy Quilt with the Guild
  4. Mystery Block of the Month (which started last year, but I’m making the quilt)
  5. Quilt coat for Chloe
  6. XOXO quilt (WIP to complete)

My other goal with these projects is to just use my stash. I said in January that I was not going to buy anymore fabric, but I have purchase fabric on several websites. I can’t help myself. I love fabric.

Count Down to Christmas

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I do realize that it’s January 2021, but I still wanted to talk about my #countdowntochristmas2020 projects that I posted on Instagram.

I originally thought about the idea mid November 2020. I thought it would be cool to make different craft projects for December, especially with all this time on my hand. I then thought, 25 days = 25 projects. I’m a crafty girl. I love doing lots of different crafts. In the past, when ever I seen a different craft, I would want to try it. Which is one reason my craft studio is busting at the seams with all kinds of craft supplies. It’s only within the last 4 to 5 years when I started sewing, that I decided to put blinders on and tell myself, “stay in your lane”.

But doing 25 days of crafting sounded like a lot of fun. So, I started by making a list of projects that I would like to make. Then I went on Pinterest and started watch YouTube to get my 25 plus projects. One of the things that I wanted to also do was craft from the supplies I already have. I didn’t want this to be an excuse to purchase more craft supplies. #craftingmystash

Now, let me tell you what I made.

                12/1 – Gift bags  12/2 – Bowl cozy’s  12/3 – Laundry bag  12/4 – Facemask chains  12/5 – Pin Cushions  12/6 – Hexie trays  12/7 – Mug rugs  12/8 – Star ornaments  12/9 – Bookmarks  12/10 – Notepads  12/11 – Kwanza table runners  12/12 – Lavender sachet  12/13 – Pillowcase  12/14 – Cross wall hanging  12/15 – Dog collar scarves  12/16 – Key fobs  12/17 – Needle books  12/18 – Hand warmers  12/19 – Toiletry bags  12/20 – Apron  12/21 – Chapstick holders  12/22 – Composition book covers  12/23 – Knitted hat  12/24 – Hot pads  12/25 – Diva Gnome

By December 10th I was asking myself, “what were you thinking”. It was growling. I was up late some nights trying to complete projects so I could post for the day and I would also try to prep for the next day. I should have done a better job in planning and prep work. But I did it!

                25 days – 25 projects – 25 post

Also, around day 8 or 9, the completed projects were piling up, so I thought I need to start making a gift list. But making a list for family and friends meant I had to make more product because I wanted to bless more people with my handmade gifts. So, I made more that one of the items. I had fun gifting everything to my family and friends.

Overall, it was a joy to share my handmade gifts. I’ll probably do it again this year. But I now know to plan and prep to make the process successful and enjoyable.

Plans for 2021

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I’m the type of person that likes to plan, but since Covid 19 has been a part of our daily lives, I can’t seem to be able to look forward to much. I feel like I’m in a holding pattern and I can’t move. During the summer on 2020 I told people I felt like the movie Ground Hog Day. Everyday seemed to be just like the day before.

Some days are better than others. I was going to physical therapy twice a week for a couple months and I felt a little normal. I guess it’s because I had to get up, get dressed and leave the house. And in December on my Instagram page, I did this thing I called #countdowntochristmas. For 25 days I made and posted 25 craft projects leading up to Christmas. It was grueling, I wasn’t as prepared as I should have been and some nights, I was up late trying to get projects done so I could post each day. But I did it! The best thing was giving the items to all my friends and family and seeing their joy of receiving what I made. But now that it’s over and I’m sheltering in place I feel stuck.

So, I’m thinking that I need to put together a plan of action. Something to look forward to everyday or maybe most days. I’m going to get back to planning out my weekly calendar of activities. It’s not like I don’t have projects to do at home.

                Sewing Projects: 18 plus  WIP’s (Works in progress)

                Knitting Projects:06

Quilts I need to start: Baby quilts for family, baby quilts for charity, a memory quilt, monthly mini wall hanging project, and quilts patterns I want to try.

Scrapbooking: I have enough photo to scrapbook to keep me busy until the cows come home.

I opened an Etsy store in 2020: I need to add more product to my store and make new product for my Etsy store.

I need to post on my blog more consistency.

Clean and organize my craft studio.

Another thing that I’d like to do in 2021 is to start making YouTube videos.

So, as you can see, I do have a lot of things to do. I just need to find the strength to move forward. I’m going to get a calendar and start making a schedule. Hopefully, this will give me some motivation. I really feel that I’m not alone in feeling isolated to the point that you can’t move. But I will try to keep you posted on my progress.

Craft Studio – July 2020

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I’ve been lucky to always have some spot in my house to craft in. For the longest it was in the laundry room. Our house has a very large laundry area. My father installed two lower and one upper kitchen cabinet along one wall. He put a tabletop on the lower cabinets which gave me a work area with drawers, and he installed a tall pantry cabinet for storage.

This worked out well when I was working full time. But when I retired from my full time job and had time to devote to sewing, I took over the formal dining room. It was the perfect room. The room is totally closed off with doors.

As my passion for quilting and sewing grew, so did my fabric stash and sewing supplies.

I have been watching a lot of craft room tours on YouTube and I keep thinking of different solutions for my studio.

You see the big problem for me is, I have so much stuff that it’s hard to rearrange or organize my room. I have no closet either. But I decided this month to give it another try. I started with the lighting. I had recess lighting installed and a ceiling fan. I had blinds installed in the window. I painted the walls. Now to tackle the craft supplies. I need two major craft areas, one for sewing, the other for scrapbooking. Both crafts have a lot of supplies. Then I have all the other craft projects that I have bought over the years that I wanted to try. I have yarn for crochet, I have cross stitching supplies, I have paint supplies, I have jewelry making supplies and the list goes on and on. I decided a couple of years ago not to purchase anymore craft supplies unless it was for sewing. But I have to admit with this Covid19 lockdown I have bought more yarn.

I organized my fabric on one wall. I made an area for a design wall. I’m going to make monthly mini quilts to display on the entry wall. I ordered a valance, but I did not like it so I’m going to make a valance for the window. I’m going to make table skirts to hide the supplies under the tables. I want to get another chair, so I don’t have to roll around the room with just one chair.

This is not the complete room, it’s still too messy to show. But I will show more photos in the future on my progress.

I told my friends and family that this year for the holidays they are all getting hand made gifts. I really need to go through my craft supplies. What can I say “I’m a crafty kind of girl”.

Day by Day Plans

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I am what you might call a person that likes to plan. I have a planner calendar for every year. On Sundays, I like to plan out my next week. When I go on vacation, I like to have my whole itinerary planned out at least two to three months before I leave home. At the end of the year I enjoy looking at the new year calendar and plan out events for the next year.

At the end of 2019 I did just that. I looked at the calendar for 2020 to plan my events for the year. As I looked at the 2020 calendar, I realized that some holidays or days of celebrations landed on a weekend.

Valentine’s Day – Friday                Fourth of July – Saturday

Halloween – Saturday                    Christmas – Friday

I told my co-workers that next year is going to be a party year (not knowing what was really going to happen).

I had big plans for 2020. I was going on my first real International trip. When I turned 50 years old, one of the first things I did was get my passport. Last year for my Anniversary, me and my husband with friends drove across the Canadian boarder for the weekend. I was so excited to show my passport, but they did not mark a stamp in it. For 2020, me, my husband, and other family members were going to fly to Barcelona, Spain. We were going to stay there for a few days, then board a cruise ship and sail the Mediterranean Sea. You just don’t know how I was looking forward to this trip. It was a two-year plan. And I was hoping this time I was going to get my passport stamped. After Covid 19 our trip plans was halted.

On March 19, 2020, California started the first day of Stay-at-Home order for Covid 19 lockdown. At first, the news made it seem that it was going to be just a couple of weeks. My supervisor sent everyone home and we had a WebEx meeting to discuss our work roles. I work part-time as a receptionist and with the office closed there wasn’t a work from home position for me. At first, I was OK with it. I thought, I can use this time to do some sewing. But the two weeks turned into a month.  I was trying to stay creative and I thought I can do some scrapbooking, I made some knitting projects, I ever did a couple of jigsaw puzzles.

But somewhere during the first and second month of Lock down is when it hit me. Everything became like the movie Ground Hog Day. I would get up and some how the day would go by and I would go to bed. And the next day would repeat. Some days I didn’t even get out of bed. While some people were baking, sewing, reorganizing and other creative things I was kind of feeling a little depressed. I was unable to move, I felt stuck. My job was looking like I would not be returning, my trip was cancelled, I could not make any plans.

By the third month my daughter advised me that I needed to get out of the house. Because I didn’t leave the house, “at all”. She suggested that I just go for a drive. “You don’t have to get out of the car”. Just get a different view. I took her advice. My husband and I drove to the coast. It was just what I needed to clear my head.20200503_131409

I started doing some sewing. I, like a lot of people have made many facemasks and I also started to organize my craft studio. I started my Etsy account and I’m really trying to continue with this blog.

As of today, I really have no plans, not because I don’t want to make any. But everything is still so uncertain. I still try to plan out my week on Sunday, but this is a day by day kind of situation we are all in.

Cat in the Hat Baby Quilt

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I finished this baby quilt for my cousin Raveshia. My double cousin (as I call her) just had her first grand baby. His name is Quest. I call her my double cousin because she is my cousin on my father’s side of the family and my mother’s side of the family. You see, my father’s, brother married my mother’s sister. Two brothers married two sisters. So, this makes her my double cousin. We have the same Aunts and Uncles on both sided of our family.

I bought the Cat in the Hat fabric a couple years ago when I went to Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, in Sisters Oregon. It was a bus trip with my guild. I had so much fun. We road from Fresno, California to Sisters, Oregon; stopping at quilt stores along the way. It was a week long adventure. I am not sure which store I bought the fabric from because I bought a lot of fabric.

This was a very easy quilt to make. I wanted the Cat in the Hat fabric to be the main feature of the quilt. I did not want to cut up the fabric too much, so I left it as a whole block. On the second block the blue fabric was Cat in the Hat fabric and I added the red to compliment the hat on the cat. I alternated the blocks, then framed it using a white and red boarder. I used a striped binding to add more fun with the Cat in the Hat theme.

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My Grandmother would make baby quilts and wedding quilts for the family and I am happy to keep the tradition going. My cousin Loved the quilt and so did baby Quest.

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Making Facemasks

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2020 has definitely been a different year so far. We are currently experiencing a World pandemic. Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome

California was ordered to shelter in place in mid-March. This meant all my activities like my part time job; my weekly quilting group and my quilt class was on hold.

I started making facemasks in March when my local quilt store asked for help to make facemask for our local hospitals. After I make them for the hospitals, I thought I should make them for my immediate family and friends. Everyone that I follow on YouTube produced there on version of making a facemask and Instagram is still over posting of facemasks. But the need for facemask became overwhelming. Since my family and friends knew that I sew, I received over 100 requests for facemasks.

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But as time went by, I became stressed. I became withdrawn. Every day was like that movie “Ground Hog Day”. Every day I would get up and every day I would go to bed. I felt frozen, sad, overwhelmed, and mad that there was a need for everyday people to have to produce facemasks for our health care workers.

I usually find sewing relaxing, it’s my happy place. But sewing facemask was a constant reminder of our worlds condition. I was feeling stressed for a couple months. I am sure I was not the only one. I began reading daily devotionals, praying, and talking to my family and friends about how I was feeling. I began to feel a little better. I never left the house and my daughter told me that was part of the problem. She suggested to me to get out the house; I can go for a drive, take a walk, anything.

Once I started feeling better, I started making my family more facemasks. I thought, it looks as though we will be wearing facemask for a while and one isn’t going to be enough. People are going to need at least 10 each. So, I got to sewing more facemask but because I sew, I have tons of fun fabrics. If you must wear a facemask, why not make it fun. Wear a facemask that meets your personality. But it does feel good when I’m able to give facemasks and doing a small part to protect those I love.

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A Major Step

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I finally took that major step and opened as Etsy shop. Rosewood Create is global. I have been selling hand made products locally for about 6 years. I have not made a lot of money. My husband calls it my hobby. And maybe it is, but I am enjoying it.

I have been talking about opening a shop on Etsy for years. The main thing that has been holding me back was my business name “Rosewood Create”. When I first tried to setup an account, I was informed that my business name was not available. I looked throughout the Etsy platform and I could not locate the business name Rosewood Create. I could not understand why it was not available. I reach out to Etsy and they advised me to alter my business name. But I was not willing to do this, so I postponed opening a shop with Etsy.

Now, because of Covid 19 I do not see how I will be able to sell my product face to face. So, I decided one evening, after talking to my mother to give Etsy another try. My mother and I discussed different business name options then I took the plunge. But before I used one of the alternative business names, I decided to input Rosewood Create one last time. And I was shocked. Rosewood Create was available. I do not know how but I was in business.

Originally, I was going to just sell my handmade products, but I have so must craft product the I decided to sell that also.  Wish me luck on this new adventure

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Outreach Sewing Project

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Pillowcase Dresses for Haiti Children

A friend from my church that knows that I can sew asked me if I would be able to make some pillowcase dresses for Haiti Children. She said that her sorority is sponsoring a outreach project.

My friend sent me a copy of the pattern of a pillowcase dress and a shirt.  The dress pattern looked like a very easy pattern. But the shirt pattern seemed very confusing.  I asked her if I can just make the pillowcase dresses. She was happy that I wanted to help. She gave me about 30 pillowcases in various sizes.

According to the pattern the dress can be made in Small, Medium and Large sizes. So, I make various sizes. With some of the King size pillowcases, I cut them in half and was able to make two small dresses. I sewed elastic in the front and back and I used bias tape to make the ties.

I was like a dress making factory. I was sewing these dresses like it was on an assembly line. I would make 6 at a time. I would start by cutting the arm holes out, then I would sew the elastic casing in, then I’d sew in the elastic, finally I would sew on the ties using bias tape.

This was a quick and easy dress. I was able to make 30 dresses.

I looked online to see if there were other outreach sewing project. I’m not a sewing teacher but I think it would be great to go to other countries to help teach women or children how to sew.

Have you ever done an outreach project?